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                                                                             David R. Hearn, Managing Director
                                                                             Michael C. Cadesky, BSc, MBA, FCA



NUMBER 44 | JUNE 9, 2010




     New Government Funding for
     Medical Technology R&D
      Ontario and U.S. Programs offer different approaches to help fund innovation
      in medical technology



     In this bulletin, we highlight two new government funding incentive programs for private
     companies in the biotech / medical-device sectors. The “Learn More” area at the end of this
     article provides links to additional detailed information on this topic.


     One of these programs – HTCP – will distribute $21 million to collaborative projects undertaken
     by private / private or private / public consortiums in the province of Ontario, Canada. The
     other will distribute $1 billion of new R&D funding to small- and medium-sized U.S. companies
     through a new, federally administered tax credit program called Investment Credit For
     Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Projects. The U.S. program is particularly intriguing in that it
     provides a cash refund – essentially a grant – and may well signal renewed appetite for
     genuine improvement in that country’s R&D tax credit system.


     The advent of these new incentives highlights governments’ interest in stimulating a key sector
     of the knowledge economy while at the same time coming up with ways of containing health
     care costs. Ontario’s publicly funded health care system represents a huge component of the
     government’s annual budget: presently about 45% of the province’s total program spending
     and projected to increase to 70% by 2022 if left unchecked. With the implementation of a
     public health care scheme in the U.S. on the horizon, Washington must likewise see tangible
     practical value in new health care technologies.
        There is no doubt that the U.S. funding is immense in comparison to Ontario’s latest effort
        through HTCP, however there are some “countervailing” factors built in to the Canadian tax
        system that might level the playing field somewhat.

        While the U.S. also offers various R&D tax credits at the federal level, the federal program is not
        (as of this writing) permanent and the benefits are frequently unavailable from one year to the
        next. However, it is notable that an increasing number of states are now offering their own R&D
        tax credit and that many of those are providing R&D benefits in the form of cash refunds.

        However, the existing R&D tax credits schemes in both Canada and the U.S. are often of
        limited use to start-up biotech companies ...

        Limitations of Existing R&D Tax Credits in the Biotech Sector
        In the U.S., the U.S. federal R&D credit is not refundable, meaning that it is only useful to
        companies that make profit and pay taxes – which leaves out many start-up technology
        companies.

        Canada on the other hand offers one of the richest R&D tax credit programs in the world and
        it is both permanent and stable. At the federal level, Canada offers a permanent R&D tax
        credit that pays refundable cash benefits to many “private” companies regardless of whether
        they have taxable income or not. Total disbursements from this program amount to about
        $4 billion per year. Furthermore most Canadian provinces – including Ontario – provide “state
        level” R&D tax credits on top of the federal benefit. Ontario’s R&D tax credit can provide a
        cash refund to both private and public companies. In an average year, such tax credit cash
        refunds distributed to companies in Ontario amount to about $300M.

        Unfortunately when it comes to R&D tax credits, many Canadian biotech companies are not
        much better off than those in the U.S. This is because a disproportionate number of biotech
        companies (including many pre-commercial start-ups) are public – not private – and therefore
        not eligible to receive their Canadian R&D tax credit in the form of a cash refund. The
        situation is slightly better for smaller publicly owned biotech companies located in Ontario
        where a full cash refund R&D tax credit of up to $300K is available to any company (public or
        private) that has taxable income <$500K and taxable capital <$25M.

        So understanding that R&D tax credits are often of limited value to the biotech sector, let’s take
        a closer look at these two new funding programs: The first is a grant / loan program called
        HTCP by which $21M in funding from the Ontario government is delivered through quasi-
        governmental agency called HTX. The other is a novel U.S. federal tax / grant program called
        Investment Credit For Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Projects that offers $1B to U.S. SME’s
        over the next two years.




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        Ontario – HTCP
        In April 2010, the Ontario Government announced the Health Technology Commercialization
        Program (HTCP) to be funded and administered by the Health Technology Exchange (HTX), a
        division of the Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI). This program will distribute
        approximately $14.3M to private sector companies that form “collaborations” leading to enhanced
        development of Medical and Assistive Technology (MAT):

            $6.5 Million to Small and Medium Enterprises (SME)
            $7.8 Million to Multi National Enterprises (MNE)
            The remaining funds are for the administration of the program

        The majority of HTCP funding will be offered in the form of repayable loans or convertible
        debentures covering up to 50% of the total project budget. A smaller portion of the funding will
        also be available in the form of non-repayable grants covering up to 15% of the total project
        budget.

        Eligible “collaborations” may include another corporation (local or multi-national), an academic
        institutions or a healthcare institution in Ontario. The collaborating partner is expected to provide
        matching funds. These collaborations can be informal “joint ventures” – there is no need for the
        formation of a legal partnership.

        Project Area                                           Max. Total Project Budget
        Early Stage Product Development                        $200K
        Advanced Stage Product Development                     $250 K to $1,500K
        Clinical Evaluation or Technical Assessment            $200K
        Sales and Marketing Efforts                            $100K

        Any company considering using HTCP funding should carefully review the potentially negative
        effect of this funding on their R&D tax credits (i.e. SR&ED). Companies that receive SR&ED
        benefits as a cash refund (i.e. CCPCs) could suffer reduced SR&ED benefits as a result of
        receiving the HTCP funding – which would make the whole process of questionable value (at least
        in purely fiscal terms). Companies that do not receive SR&ED as a cash refund (i.e. public
        companies and other non-CCPCs), would also suffer loss of SR&ED benefits, however the amount
        so lost would be lower due to lower benefit rate for these companies and the HTCP would provide
        an immediate source of cash, versus ITCs which many non-CCPCs (i.e. public or foreign-owned
        corporations, partnerships) can’t monetize anyway.

        All applicants to HTCP must show their proposed project is aimed at producing tangible economic
        benefits for Ontario in term of job creation and sustainable long-term commercial activity.




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        U.S.A. – Investment Credit For Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Projects
        In March 2010, the U.S. Federal Government enacted a package of health care reform legislation
        that included an Investment Credit For Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Projects, which offers a
        50% tax credit or tax-free grant exclusively to small- and medium-sized companies located in the
        U.S. It is available to both traditional C corps and pass-through entities (partnerships, S corps)
        providing total employment is 250 persons or less.

        The program is aimed at biotech R&D projects with any of the following objectives:

            to prevent, detect, or treat chronic or acute diseases and conditions
            to reduce long-term health care costs in the United States
            to significantly advance the goal of curing cancer

        Despite its relatively small size, there are three things that put this new U.S. tax credit program
        ahead of Canada’s SR&ED. First – at 50% it exceeds the roughly 40% rate for a CCPC in Ontario.
        Second – it offers a refundable cash benefit to both private and public companies whereas in
        Canada refundable benefits are available only to CCPCs which leaves out many biotechs. Third –
        being a tax-free grant or tax credit, it does not require recognition as revenue in the year that it is
        received, whereas in Canada the SR&ED benefits are themselves taxable in the year received.

        The downside of this unique U.S. tax credit is that it only available for two years (2009 and 2010)
        and the total amount of available funding is capped at maximum of $1B. Furthermore it is
        “competitive”, which means companies must apply and be approved in advance. In the Canadian
        SR&ED system, claims are made in arrears at year-end and there is no upper limit in respect to
        the maximum amount of benefit available.

        Applications to the Investment Credit For Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Projects program are
        made by means of IRS form #8942 which will be available June 21, 2010 and must be submitted
        no later than July 21, 2010. Further detailed instructions are provided in IRS Notice 2010-45. The
        IRS will review submissions and announce the successful applicants by October 29, 2010.

        The U.S. is moving very quickly to enable this program and to make funding approvals.
        Congressional directives gave the administration only 60 days to have the program up and running
        and applications must be approved within 30 days. That too defines the U.S. program, as often
        programs in Canada can take extended amounts of time for review and approval.




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        Learn More...
            >   Scitax survey of International R&D Tax Credits:
                http://www.scitax.com/pdf/Scitax.International.RD.Tax.Credit.Survey
            >   Scitax publication Introduction to R&D Tax Credits in Canada with Worked Examples
                https://www.scitax.com/pdf/Introduction.to.R&D.Tax.Credits.in.Canada.SCITAX.Apr-2010.pdf
            >   “Funding” page of Ontario’s HTX organization that describing the HTCP program
                https://www.htx.ca/FundingList.aspx
            >   Description of Investment Credit For Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Projects in notice 10-45
                at U.S. Internal Revenue Service
                http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-10-45.pdf
            >   Conference Board of Canada Analysis of Health Care Spending in Ontario 2010 budget
                http://www.conferenceboard.ca/topics/economics/budgets/ontario_2010_budget.aspx




        For more information on this topic, contact:
        David R. Hearn, Managing Director, Scitax Advisory Partners
        (416) 350-1214 or dhearn@scitax.com




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        About Scitax...
        Scitax Advisory Partners is a professional services firm with specialist expertise in Scientific
        Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credits.

        We offer a team of senior technical consultants all of whom have ten or more years experience in
        the SR&ED field. All Scitax technical consultants have engineering or science backgrounds and at
        least twenty years industry experience in their particular field prior to consulting.

        Our primary function is to produce a technical submission package that most effectively
        communicates your SR&ED claim to CRA in a way that highlights eligibility and expedites
        processing. We assist you in identifying and preparing all required documentation including project
        technical descriptions, cost schedules, and everything else your tax preparer needs to file the claim.
        Once your claim is filed, Scitax will advocate for you with CRA and help you negotiate fair
        settlement of your claim.

        While we normally work with our client's existing tax advisors, our affiliated firm Cadesky and
        Associates can provide a full package of tax services if required.




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                                                                                                                                        Scitax Advisory Partners LP

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Michael C. Cadesky, BSc, MBA, FCA


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Description: Ontario and U.S. Programs offer different approaches to help fund innovation. in medical technology In this bulletin, we highlight two new government funding incentive programs for private companies in the biotech / medical-device sectors. The “Learn More” area at the end of this article provides links to additional detailed information on this topic.